Daniel Rozin: Mirror Master

We now have three new exhibitions in the galleries: images by photojournalists Richard Gwin and Mike Yoder in our Front Gallery, Louis Copt’s solo exhibition Raising the Barn in our Large Gallery, and Daniel Rozin’s “Penguins Mirror” in our Middle Gallery.

Daniel Rozin is a Jerusalem-born, New York-based artist working in the realm of interactive media art.  His pieces often take the form of “mirrors”, or planes that the viewer may interact with so that their image is projected back to them in an interesting manner.  Trained as an industrial designer, Rozin uses his engineering skills to create mechanized components to respond to visitor movement, and the results are wonderful.  One of his mirror works, entitled Penguins Mirror, will be on view  in our Middle Gallery through February 25th.  Daniel flew in to join the exhibitions team in installing the critters.

Daniel Rozin and Exhibitions Assistant Jeremy Rockwell installing the penguins.

About Penguins Mirror:
“Penguins Mirror is an installation scattered on the floor and comprised of 450 motorized stuffed animals. Reductive in palette, yet baroque in behavior, it performs an absurdly homogeneous system of movement. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side and responds to the presence of an audience. As they perform, the penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling, yet somehow familiar, as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry.”

Daniel is currently a professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.  He has been awarded the prestigious Prix Arts Electronica award and is represented by BitForms Gallery in NYC.  We have had the chance to work with other BitForms artists before, including Luke Dubois and Zimoun, who have shown work during the Free State Festival.